**MIND BLOWN** Toys that come to life with your iPad: Hot Wheels, DC Universe, WWE, Monster High, etcPosted by Jayvee Fernandez at March 31st, 2013
You know, every time I walk into Datablitz these days I get more and more tempted to pick up a copy of Skylanders. If you go there often, every branch has a store display of ‘Skylanders’ action figures that are not only toys — but are also integral to the Skylanders video game. When you place an action figure onto a “Portal of Power” (which is simply a Bluetooth enabled NFC device) the character comes to life inside the game. So not only do you get a new character to play with in Skylanders, you also get a collectible toy.
First off, I love their logo. There’s nothing more epic than nanay doing a power uppercut with her Sari-enabled smartphone. In the digital industry, it is rare to find individuals who can look beyond merely building campaigns for brands. I’ve always championed the fact that (almost) anything you do in the digital landscape should not be campaign-focused but rather platform-focused. Analogy: Would you rather be the guy who puts money into Facebook to launch your time-bound campaign or the guy who actually runs Facebook, where all of the conversation and conversion happens?
Bogart the Explorer and his team came by the office yesterday and shot their version of Harlem Shake. It’s actually one of the better iterations. The ID8 game room has table tennis, a XBOX + Kinect system and a foosball / mini billiards setup.
I found this on Reddit. User bogus_wheel is a physicist and so is her boyfriend. This is how he proposed. Click for larger version. [original image]
They go by many names:
Cheap LEGO knock offs.
The nomenclature will always change but there’s no doubt that they’re all referring to the same thing: the prolific rise of LEGO imitations in bazaars around the metro. Whether you found them in Toys R’ Us, Toy Kingdom, the NBC Tent Weekend Bazaar or the Zonta Filinvest Christmas bazaar a few weeks ago, one thing’s for sure: they’re here to stay. I had some free time before the holidays and actually compiled the latest and the greatest LEGO competitors in the market today from Japan, Canada, South Korea and China.
We’re two thirds into December 21 and as expected, the world isn’t ending today. Last week, our 8LIST team was hammering away on the predictions and after a number of meetings (mostly interrupted by LEGO breaks) we came up with not one — but two articles from our contributors, Andrei Parlade and Mihk Vergara.
The year 2012 in review, based on what people searched for using Google. *sniff*
Kinda reminds me of Dead Space — if it was not sci-fi horror. Tom Cruise plays a drone repair dude and he’s also equipped to kill (just like the Dead Space miner!). Like most sci-fi epics, s#it hits the fan when he discovers that things aren’t what they seem and his world collapses when everything he thought was real isn’t.
Watch the trailer. Now!
OK here’s the thing. I want to conduct an experiment of sorts. Many years ago I gave away bikinis (thanks Sassa!) and got a thunderous response for entries from my female readers. I’m going to put this to the test once more. You see, I’ve been looking over a lot of qualitative data on this blog’s readership care of Effective Measure and the results are actually startling. On a per week basis, 34-40% of my readers are female, and are between 24-35 years old. Of that percentage, 20% are married. I mean, wow. Never expected that. So I want to do a social experiment. With a salon.
N.B. I don’t want to stereotype, but usually, it’s the women who go to the salon, but men can win this too! =)
I’m running a contest for SALON BEAUVOIR, the most excellent Salon in Makati in my opinion because its name is just so classy. And it also doesn’t feel weird if I walk into what seems to be a traditionally “feminine” location. I’ve had my hair done here twice. Yep, you heard that right — they have a male grooming section that adds that masculine look to a portion of the salon. So yes, you CAN bring your partner here (I’m talking to you girls!) and trim his beard while you do the things you girls normally do inside a salon.
So yeah let’s keep this contest simple.
1. To win one of five hair cut + hair spa GC’s all you need to do is participate in the raffle.
2. To join, simply LIKE the Facebook page of the Salon via Rafflecopter.
3. To increase the chances of winning, LIKE 8List also via Rafflecopter. (Salon Beauvoir is a 8LIST sponsor)
4. Winners will be chosen by the end of the month, the 30th of November.
5. You can win only once. Rafflecopter will keep track of your VALID email address to send out prizes.
Check out the interior photos:
Salon Beauvoir also comes has more private function rooms for group sessions. If you’re wondering where this is located, it’s right beside Old Swiss Inn at Sommerset.
Upper G/F, Somerset Olympia, 7912 Makati Ave. cor Sto. Tomas St.
Email salonbeauvoir (at) yahoo (dot) com
That’s it! Let’s see what happens!!
OK so I just found the dirt-cheapest place to buy knock off LEGO figures. I’ve seen a handful of knock off LEGO bricks — Wange, Sluban and now Star Diamond and I have to say that for PHP 35.00 a piece, they make the most practical Christmas gifts. Yes, they’re knock offs but after opening and assembling a number of them, I really have to say that you can’t go wrong with the price.
Star Diamond kits come in many sizes and the most affordable is a small box that will barely make a dent in your wallet. PHP 35.00 for the smallest kit gives you a “minifig” and a vehicle / accessory. Pictured here are the crane kit and the SCUBA diver with DPV kit. Compared to the real LEGO, the main difference lies in the minifig copies because they require more assembly versus the real deal which I honestly don’t mind doing.
Where can you find this? I found an accessible stall at the NBC Tent Weekend Bazaar. The unmarked stall is found towards the end of the tent hall and you can find several other brands from China as well as the real stuff.
(In the car)
Me: We need to gas up at Shell. They have a promo.
Wife: What promo?
Me: They have LEGO cars if you put gas.
Me: Would you rather I do drugs?
(driving after several minutes to Shell)
Wife: Ang tagal! mag drugs ka na lang!
I rarely give in to marketing promos. Caltex is my usual choice for gasoline, well, just because. But this move of Shell to allow you to buy one of six Ferrari LEGO cars (and a set of Minifigs) if you spend an accumulated amount of PHP 1,500 was too strong to resist.
So here’s how the promo goes:
- you need to spend an accumulated amount of PHP 1,500 to buy one Ferrari LEGO car. So if you spend, say PHP 3,000 on gas you can buy two. if you have two receipts worth PHP 750 each, you can buy one car.
- the receipts should only come from one Shell branch. You can’t combine receipts from different branches. This also means that you can only claim the LEGO Ferrari car / Minifigs from the same branch at the convenience store counter.
- the cars and Minifigs (it’s a set of 3) cost PHP 180.00. If you load up on V-Power, cost shoots down to PHP 140.00
There you go! Happy building!